Submit to treatment, Kaduna warns COVID-19 patients

The Kaduna State Ministry of Health has warned that anybody who tests positive for Covid-19 must submit themselves for treatment at the isolation centre.

The Ministry further “warned that it is illegal and dangerous for Covid-19 positive patients to switch off their phones and make themselves inaccessible to health authorities after being notified of their test results.”

Commissioner of Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni who issued this warning on Sunday, disclosed that two persons were duly informed that they had tested positive while on isolation on Friday.

“Health officials subsequently notified them that a team will be coming to convey them to the isolation centre for treatment. These persons subsequently switched off their phones and have remained incommunicado,” she revealed.

In a statement that she personally signed, Dr Baloni noted that “these reckless actions of theirs are endangering themselves, their families and the larger community.

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“Similar irresponsible conduct by some COVID-19 positive cases has been reported in another state. It is a pattern of behaviour that must be stopped because it is patently dangerous to public safety,” she warned.

According to the Commissioner, “details of the two persons involved have been communicated to the security agencies for tracking and surveillance.

“Members of the public who may have relevant information on the whereabouts of these persons are urged to promptly contact the authorities,” she pleaded.

Dr Baloni reiterated that COVID-19 is not a death sentence, adding that “persons who receive treatment promptly have a higher chance of defeating the disease.

“Twelve persons have so far been discharged in Kaduna State after receiving treatment and our health professionals are working hard for the recovery of other patients.

“However, positive but asymptomatic persons and untreated Covid-19 cases have a high chance of infecting others and endangering their well-being,” she argued.

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